Manchester, New Hampshire is known for being one of the most affordable and livable cities in the country – and it’s also incredibly friendly for small businesses. It took the number one spot in the 2015 Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey, earning a coveted A+ from small businesses in the area.
On February 3, during the buildup to the New Hampshire presidential primaries, Thumbtack co-hosted an event with the Mayor’s office and presented the Champion of Small Business Award to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at a public event at City Hall. The presentation was followed by a discussion with the Mayor about what’s working in Manchester, and what the rest of the country could learn from the city when it comes to supporting small business.
During the ceremony, Mayor Gatsas announced that he wants to relax government regulations to make it easier to renovate buildings and attract new tenants. The event was followed by a Q&A from the audience.
Over a dozen Thumbtack pros from the Manchester area attended the event, including photographers, interior designers, and personal trainers. Thumbtack has about 5,000 small business owners in New Hampshire, generally with five employees or fewer.
Manchester topped 95 cities in the 2015 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey thanks to its favorable regulatory environment, including tax, licensing and labor rules. New Hampshire also ranks as the second best state overall for small businesses.
Congratulations to Manchester and Mayor Gatsas from all of us at Thumbtack. You can read more about the event in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
[Photo credits: Mary E. Hebert Photography]